Tom Moffatt's autobiography, "The Showman of the Pacific: 50 Years of Radio and Rock Stars," is the astounding history of an entrepreneur who helped shape the entertainment climate in the Islands for the past five decades.
The 234-page book, "as told to" Jerry Hopkins, benefits from Hopkins' skill in encapsulating history and breathing life into significant events. It's like having a backstage pass to Moffatt's life as a now-legendary rock and pop promoter and radio deejay, who has made the acquaintance of many an American idol.
Moffatt's story begins in South Lyon, Mich., near Detroit, where Moffatt was a jock, actor, deejay, dishwasher and radio wannabe. He left home for the University of Hawai'i with plans to become a radio jock.
In conversational first-person monologues, Moffatt hosts a tour of his life. Among the highlights: his tenure as a deejay at K-POI Radio, which had an integral role in reeling Hawai'i into the Age of Rock, and his move into promoting musical acts.
Along the way, Moffatt developed show-biz friendships with Jimmy Buffett (Mr. Margaritaville), Eddie Sherman (retired three-dot columnist), Neil Sedaka (teen idol turned lasting pop star), and Sid Bernstein (former manager of The Rascals, and the man behind The Beatles' Shea Stadium gig in New York).
Of course, Moffatt's friendship with Col. Tom Parker, celebrated manager of Elvis Presley, is there. And The King has ample play, too, in photos and in text (he's mentioned the most, on 33 pages). --Wayne Harada, "The Honolulu Advertiser" (copyright 2006)
About the Author
Jerry Hopkins has written more than 30 books and 1,000 magazine articles. He was a correspondent and editor at Rolling Stone for 20 years and has written best-selling biographies of Jim Morrison, Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix. A former long-time Hawaii resident, he now resides in Thailand.